This is the truth, Doctor. You take ordinary people and you fashion them into weapons.
Russel T Davies’s quote about Rose from the Radio Times in 2005 -“when she meets the Doctor, she gets the chance to show she’s better than the life she’s been leading” really does strike me as being incredibly classist. I haven’t seen it in context so that may not be what he intended, but - think…
It’s explicit in the show itself - Rose says so in The Parting of the Ways - that the “better life” has nothing to do with the glamour of time and space travel, but with standing up for what is right, being brave and refusing to just let things happen. Rose even tells Mickey “you know, he showed you too”, and that’s before Mickey ever travelled in the TARDIS. It’s a recurring theme throughout Russell T Davies’ era, all those one-off characters from all walks of life that find it within themselves to step up and save the day, whichever way they can, even if means putting their lives on the line. You then see the effect of this on Jackie, who does something very brilliant and proactive in getting a big, yellow truck.
Which is good, very good (I like that line) but - Jackie and Mickey do put their lives on the line in all sorts of ways, they do stand up for what is right, and yet they’re ridiculed and belittled in a way Rose never is. Jackie’s the butt of jokes in nearly every episode she’s in and she’s not even allowed to fly the TARDIS with everyone else in Journey’s End. Mickey fares even worse: he’s pretty much outright said to be the TARDIS pet in The Girl In The Fireplace (thanks, Moffat) and the beginning of Rise Of The Cybermen shows Rose and Ten bullying Mickey like a pair of schoolchildren. Plus it’s quite telling that even nearly ten years down the line (!) fandom still falls back on Nine’s nonsensical nickname for Mickey, The Idiot, as if he wasn’t as brave and brilliant as all the rest of the companions.
(I will apparently never be over Mickey’s treatment by the show.)
RTD told us a good thing - one of the best things about Doctor Who- but I think on the whole he really failed to live up to those words. Even with Martha- she was brave, loyal, kind, clever, wonderful, but when she tells the Doctor “You know what? I am good,” all he can muster up is an ‘mmmm’.
young rose and mickey
well guys rose and clara live in the same building right? what if Jackie and Clara’s mom were friends?
And Clara’s mom died the day the Autons attacked…
underappreciated characters meme > A character you love but is treated poorly in canon
and by fandom (2/2)
Jackie Tyler - She’s tough (very, very tough), confident, loyal, forgiving, and a loving mother who single-handedly raised her daughter to be a great woman.
But on the other hand, she is working-class. It’s kinda hilarious.
I know this is a pointless dream, but I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really want to see Jackie, as well as Rose, in Day Of The Doctor
important feminist things
Rose: you upset my mum
Elton: great big absorber beast from outer space and you’re upset with me?
Rose: no one upsets my mum.
Doctor Who Quotes: Jackie Tyler